Paleo Quick Coq Au Vin

4 11 2009

Oui. I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking, what kind of silly French dish is this?  Coq au vin?  Really? 

The original French concoction was a way for provincial French wives to make use of an old rooster and took a long time to prepare.

My version is quick and easy and best of all, fits into the paleo diet.

Note, I personally do not eat mushrooms.  I leave them out when I make this, but I will put them in the recipe for those of you who do enjoy them.

So, let’s get to the food!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

5-6 strips of thick cut bacon

Package frozen pearl onions (thawed)

2-3 carrots

Container of cremini or button mushrooms

¼ cup of almond flour

2 tbs of tomato paste

1 ½ tsp dried thyme

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp black pepper

3-4 cloves garlic minced

Red wine of choice

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized chunks and put in a zip top with almond flour.  Shake to coat.
  2. Peel carrots and cut into ¼ inch slices.  Set aside.
  3. If you choose to partake of the mushrooms, wash them and cut them into quarters.  Set aside.
  4. Cut bacon into half inch strips (these little chunks of bacon are refered to as “lardons” by the French) Put into large skillet or stew pot over medium heat.  Brown.
  5. Remove bacon.
  6. Add onions and carrots and cook until they start to caramelize (get brown and release their sugars), about 5-10 minutes.  Remove the onions.
  7. If you are a mushroom eater, now is the time to add them and brown them.  Pull them out and set them aside.
  8. Add chicken to the pot.  Brown.  Pull chicken out.
  9. Put garlic and tomato paste in the pot along with the rest of the almond flour from the chicken.  Cook for a couple of minutes (be careful not to burn the garlic)
  10. Add in a little wine and scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. (This is known as de-glazing)
  11. Add in half to three quarters of the bottle of wine.  Add in spices, carrots, chicken, onions, and mushrooms. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the broth starts to thicken.
  12. Sprinkle bacon over the top and serve hot.

I like to serve this over spaghetti squash or zucchini that has been sliced into strips and sautéed until soft in olive oil and garlic. 

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Paleo Hot Greens with Bacon Dressing

29 10 2009

Mmmmm….bacon. This will make any guy eat his greens!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil or bacon grease

2 tbs lemon juice

2 tbs whole-grain mustard

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp fresh-ground black pepper

1/2 tsp pepper

3 cloves garlic, crushed

About 3 large heads kale (or collard greens), washed, dried, and cut horizontally into 3/4-inch strips

1 lb thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips

How to assemble:

  1. Cook bacon pieces until browned.  Set aside bacon pieces.  Pour off most of the oil. 
  2. Add garlic clove and the greens and sauté until tender–5 to 6 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 3 tablespoons olive oil (or bacon grease), lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper, and whisk to combine.    Put greens over dressing and toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle with bacon pieces, and serve immediately.

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